Search Results: "Muireann Maguire"


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RED SPECTRES by Muireann Maguire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2013

"Students of Soviet-era Russian culture will enjoy reading between the lines. Readers who love a good ghost story will enjoy it, period."
An excellent anthology of psych-and-spook mischief from behind the Iron Curtain, where a literature rich in such things held sway during the Soviet era. Read full book review >

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ARIZONA by Eden Maguire
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Just as in the series opener, the story is dragged down by obsessive love, flat characters and tedious writing. (Supernatural mystery. YA)"
Only fans of the first Beautiful Dead book (Jonas, 2009) will enjoy and fully follow this second installment as Darina moves on to help the next zombie, Arizona, explain the mystery surrounding her drowning death before her one-year anniversary or Arizona will be sent back to limbo (an agreement arranged with Hunter, the zombie overlord, so Darina can continue seeing her deceased boyfriend). Read full book review >

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IMPRESARIO by James Maguire
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2006

"Smart cultural history and a level-headed tribute to the impresario 'always ready to proceed with cautious boldness wherever the audience was ready to go, and sometimes where they weren't.'"
Solid, savvy biography of the stone-faced showman who brought the whole spectrum of American culture into the nation's living rooms. Read full book review >

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LOST by Gregory Maguire
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"It must have been fun to throw all these semi-compatible elements together, but it's not nearly as enjoyable for the overburdened reader. Maguire's free-ranging, high-energy imagination is a wonder to behold—but Lost is likely to lose many readers along the way."
A potent ghost story is buried under several layers of complication and explication in this highly imaginative, unfortunately labored tale from the popular author of Wicked (1995) and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999). Read full book review >

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One Last Improvisation by Dan Maguire
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 29, 2013

"A competent but sometimes frustrating police thriller."
In this debut novel, a cop must face his painful past and solve a pressing, present-day mystery. Read full book review >

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Professor Atlas and the Jewel of Enlightenment by Paul Maguire
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Exciting capers for the YA audience, hampered somewhat by undistinguished characters."
Two seventh-grade boys and their professor friend go on a dangerous journey to recover an ancient and powerful artifact in this young-adult adventure novel. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Overall, a winner for Maguire's fans of all ages. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When a terrible storm (think Katrina) strands an inept young man with his highly sheltered cousins, he turns to storytelling to hold their fears at bay. Read full book review >

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EGG & SPOON by Gregory Maguire
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"An ambitious, Scheherazade-ian novel, rather like a nesting-doll set of stories, that succeeds in capturing some of the complexities of both Russia and life itself. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
Two girls switch identities while colliding with Baba Yaga and the Firebird in Czarist Russia. Read full book review >

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SON OF A WITCH by Gregory Maguire
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Too long, but few readers will fail to stay its magical course. Once again, the myth of Oz proves its enduring power."
Animals talk, attack dragons prowl the skies and political unrest afflicts the land of Oz in this richly detailed sequel to Maguire's contemporary fantasy classic Wicked (1996). Read full book review >

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WICKED by Gregory Maguire
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 31, 1995

"Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbit—that spot is well deserved."
Maguire, up to now a writer of kids' books, turns his considerable child-captivating skills to adults and adult children in this magical telling of the land of Oz before and up to the arrival of Dorothy and company. Read full book review >